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NITLE Liaisons’ Update-November 5, 2008

Submitted with permission by Alex Wirth-Cauchon, Participant Relations, NITLE

This update describes NITLE events, services, and other opportunities now available to participating institutions and their faculties and staffs, including peer communities that support inter-institutional exchange and collaboration and three newly scheduled workshops. Orientation sessions for liaisons who wish to familiarize themselves with NITLE’s new online environment are also available. Deadlines for involvement in the opportunities listed in today’s update range from November 7 – January 30, 2008.

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== Participating in the NITLE Network ==

1. Liaisons’ Orientation Sessions: www.nitle.org, http://my.nitle.org

2. NITLE Peer Communities

3. Social Networking Survey

== Professional Development Events ==

1. Information Services Camp: interest surveys for CIO’s, information services staff

2. Call for Campus Input: spring 2009 conferences, calls for proposals

3. Teaching with Virtual Worlds: featured presenters

4. Three new Workshops To Go scheduled

5. Purchasing program units

== Information Services ==

1. Multipoint Interactive Videoconferencing (MIV) Services

2. DSpace Services

3. Sakai Services

4. Moodle Services

== News and Announcements ==

1. New NITLE Network participants

2. New market posted in the NITLE Prediction Markets

3. Call for Applications: Learning Spaces and Technology Workshop

== Publications of Interest ==

1. The Tower and the Cloud, ed. Richard Katz

== Deadlines ==

1. Events

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Thanks to all who attended NITLE’s reception at EDUCAUSE, and everyone who shared their ideas, questions, and other thoughts with NITLE staff members at the conference. Your feedback is valued and appreciated. Hope you had a great conference!

== Participating in the NITLE Network ==

If you have any questions about participating in the NITLE Network, registering for events, purchasing program units, or subscribing to our information services, please feel free to contact us at any time by sending a note to participate@nitle.org.

1. Liaisons’ Orientation Sessions: www.nitle.org, http://my.nitle.org

NITLE announces online orientation (delivered via MIV) for liaisons interested in getting familiar with the new www.nitle.org and http://my.nitle.org sites. The orientation will demonstrate the new sites for you and allow you to ask questions and offer feedback. Session participants will learn what is available, how to log in, how to register individuals for events and purchase program units and information services, and how to run reports.

Four orientation sessions–each covering the same material–are currently open for registration.

* Tuesday, November 11, 12:00 p.m. Eastern
* Thursday, November 13, 3:00 p.m. Eastern
* Tuesday, November 18, 12:00 p.m. Eastern
* Thursday, November 20, 3:00 p.m. Eastern

To register, please send an email to participate@nitle.org. Registration will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sessions will be scheduled to meet demand. These sessions are included with Network participation.

2. NITLE Peer Communities

Faculty and staff at participating institutions can use NITLE to interact with peers who share their interests. NITLE offers the following inter-institutional peer communities to promote exchange and collaboration across the Network. Descriptions of each community and an online subscription form are available at http://www.nitle.org/www/site/peer_communities.

* Al Musharaka Discussion
* Arabic Teaching Discussion
* Chinese Community Discussion
* Core Services Discussion
* DSpace Repository Discussion
* Information Services Leaders Discussion
* Instructional Technologists Discussion
* Language Technology Discussion
* The Moodle Exchange
* The MIV Community
* NITLE Advising
* Sakai Discussion
* Spatial Analysis and Mapping Discussion
* Study Abroad Discussion
* Sunoikisis (Classicists) Discussion

3. Social Networking Survey

If you and your colleagues have not already done so, NITLE invites you to share your experiences with using social software and Web 2.0 tools by completing the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=cWAlzEZpcYhU20pNjtXC7g_3d_3d by Friday, November 7. Responses will be collated and shared with the community, providing big-picture context within which local activity can be better understood. The survey takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

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== Professional Development Events ==

For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit http://www.nitle.org/www/events. Online registration is available, or you can register participants for NITLE events by e-mailing participate@nitle.org with the event title and registrant’s name, job title, and e-mail address.

1. Information Services Camp: interest surveys for CIO’s, information services staff

NITLE again invites CIOs and their information services staff members to express their interests and provide input into the development of NITLE’s Information Services Camp (June 1 – 4, 2009, Smith College), an intensive learning, networking, and professional development opportunity designed for front-line information services staff. Four interest surveys are now available to those interested in helping to shape the agenda for these events.

* Moodle Camp Interest Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=C_2fdNwMgaOQgzCuUP7dXzTw_3d_3d

* Sakai Camp Interest Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Vgzg1A8gzjzSd3MN85AjqQ_3d_3d

* Digital Repositories and DSpace Camp Interest Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=UEyxOeQSDgHgxuQ7nmHeaw_3d_3d

* Information Services Camp Workshops Interest Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=oOtzpwRYlfYJA7QqGKZTxw_3d_3d

Your and your colleagues’ responses by Friday, November 7, 2008, are appreciated. Responses to these surveys will be reviewed by NITLE and its Technology Fellows and will inform the development of formal calls for proposals for the Moodle, Sakai, and Digital Repositories and DSpace Camps as well as the shape and focus of the Camp workshops. To follow the on-going development of NITLE Information Services Camp, please visit http://campnis.blog.nitle.org/. Questions about these events may be directed to Eric Jansson at eric.jansson@nitle.org.

2. Call for Campus Input: spring 2009 conferences, calls for proposals

NITLE also invites input into the development of the calls for proposals for the following events. Thoughts on themes to be addressed, specific topics to be included, suitable session formats, or other features of the conferences’ agenda are welcome and will benefit participants in these events. Please contact the staff lead for the particular event, indicated below, by Wednesday, November 12.

* Language and Culture: Finding, Assessing, and Exploiting Online and Media Resources for Language Teaching. Program Date: March 13 – 15, 2009. Location: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/827. Contact: Michael Toler (michael.toler@nitle.org).

* From Property to Privacy: The Ethics of Information. Program Date: March 22 – 24, 2009. Location: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/825. Contact: Nancy Millichap (nancy.millichap@nitle.org).

* Instructional Technology Leaders Conference. Program Date: March 27 – 29, 2009. Location: Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/826. Contact Nancy Millichap (nancy.millichap@nitle.org).

* The NITLE Summit. Program Date: March 29 – 30, 2009. Location: DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/871. Contact Alex Wirth-Cauchon (alex.wirth-cauchon@nitle.org).

* Mapping for Sustainability. Program Date: April 23 – 25, 2009. Location: University of Redlands, Redlands, CA. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/824. Contact Sean Connin (sean.connin@nitle.org).

The call for proposals for “Encouraging Student Scholarship: Learning to Write in the Digital Age” (Wheaton College, January 16 – 18, 2009) is currently open. Proposals may be submitted online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=UjyVMuQUQw16fIV_2bygqNBw_3d_3d, and are due by Friday, November 7, 2008. Contact Rebecca Davis (rebecca.davis@nitle.org) or visit http://www.nitle.org/www/events/823.

3. Teaching with Virtual Worlds: featured presenters

* An instance of the “Special Topics in Digital Teaching” series. Featured presenters: Anne Hewitt (Director, Seton Center for Community Health, and Associate Professor, Graduate Department of Public and Healthcare Administration, Seton Hall University) and Carl Rosenfield (Instructional Technology Support Specialist, Information Technology Services, Hamilton College). Discuss virtual worlds with the presenters, who have used them in a variety of ways to achieve pedagogical goals. Program Date & Time: December 10, 2008, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Registration deadline: Friday, November 21, 2008. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/854.

4. Three new Workshops To Go scheduled

* Social Software for Education: Collaborative Learning and Research Practices. Program Date: January 14, 2009. Registration deadline: Friday, December 12, 2008. Location: Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA). 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/906-social-software-for-education-2.

* Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus. Program Date: January 16, 2009. Registration deadline: Friday, December 12, 2008. Location: Colby College (Waterville, ME). 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/908-emerging-technologies-and-the-liberal-arts-campus-19.

* Web-Mapping. Program Date: March 3, 2009. Registration deadline: Friday, January 30, 2009. Location: Kenyon College (Gambier, OH). 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/909-web-mapping-7.

To request a Workshop To Go, please consult our Workshop To Go catalog (http://www.nitle.org/www/wtgs), and our guidelines for hosting Workshops To Go (http://www.nitle.org/www/site/hosting_workshops_to_go), which include details on hosting options and associated fees. If you have questions about hosting Workshops To Go, please contact Rebecca Davis (rebecca.davis@nitle.org). Rebecca will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you select the workshops and hosting options most appropriate to your institution’s needs.

5. Purchasing program units

If your institution is interested in purchasing program units to access NITLE professional development events, please note that guidelines on purchasing and using program units are available at http://www.nitle.org/www/site/purchasing_program_units. Liaisons may now purchase program units online at https://my.nitle.org, or by sending a purchase request to participate@nitle.org. If purchasing program units via e-mail, please designate the billing contact to whom NITLE should send an invoice. Questions about purchasing program units may also be directed to participate@nitle.org.

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== Information services ==

1. Multipoint Interactive Videoconferencing (MIV) Services: Enhanced and Auditorium

Institutions can use NITLE MIV Services to provide faculty and staff with a web-based environment that allows them to see, talk to, and work with colleagues and students on campus or off. Using MIV, individuals connect with each other directly from their computer desktops, using web-based video and audio, a shared whiteboard, chat, and application-sharing to communicate, interact, and collaborate across distance. Enhanced MIV Service allows institutions to purchase more seats and/or reconfigure their room set-up (e.g., adding an additional room). Institutions can also purchase access to the MIV Auditorium, reserving time in the auditorium on a per week per semester basis. See http://www.nitle.org/www/service_groups/2.

Questions? Please contact Karen Lee Davis at karen.davis@nitle.org. Note: MIV Basic Service (10 seats in a virtual room) is automatically included with your institution’s participation in the NITLE Network.

2. DSpace Services: Standard and Customized

Our DSpace Services allow smaller colleges and universities to start and grow their digital repositories with a minimal level of investment, with no hardware to purchase and very little application support expertise to develop. Campuses focus on the work of building digital repositories within the context of a community of campuses sharing ideas and best practices. See http://www.nitle.org/www/service_groups/3.

Questions? Please contact Christina Richison at christina.richison@nitle.org.

3. Sakai Services: Standard and Customized

Sakai is a learner-centered, open-source course management system that offers faculty and students a rich, user-friendly interface, online help, and a wide variety of interactive tools to support teaching, learning, and collaboration. Sakai also includes the Open Source Portfolio, a set of tools that enables campuses and individuals to assemble and publish online e-portfolios of their work. See http://www.nitle.org/www/service_groups/1.

Questions? Please contact Karen Lee Davis at karen.davis@nitle.org. Note: Sakai Basic Service (10 courses/100 users) is included with your institution’s participation in the NITLE Network. To request set-up, please contact Karen Davis.

4. Moodle Services: Campus and Premium

Our managed Moodle services–designed for smaller colleges and universities and the non-profit organizations that serve them–are available at a range of levels appropriate to the needs of NITLE participating institutions. Campuses can use our services to test-drive Moodle, provide integrated support for campus courses, or foster inter-institutional collaboration with off-campus partners. See http://www.nitle.org/www/service_groups/4.

Questions? Please contact Karen Lee Davis at karen.davis@nitle.org. Note: Moodle Basic Service (10 courses/100 users) is included with your institution’s participation in the NITLE Network. To request set-up, please contact Karen Davis.

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== News and Announcements ==

1. New NITLE Network participants

NITLE is pleased to announce that the following institutions have signed on to participate in the NITLE Network for 2008 – 2009. If your institution has questions about participation in the NITLE Network, please contact us at participate@nitle.org. Thanks and welcome to:

* Butler University
* Drake University
* Millersville University
* Northwestern Michigan College

To see a complete list of institutions currently participating with NITLE, please visit http://www.nitle.org/www/institutions.

2. New market posted in the NITLE Prediction Markets

“Will at least 1/2 of college campuses have at least one (1) gaming project in the works by December 1, 2008?” Trading on this market is open. Those interested in having their say can sign up to trade at http://markets.nitle.org.

The NITLE Prediction Markets (in beta) provide a collaborative, distributed, game-like tool for exploring and reflecting on emerging technologies for higher education. In the last month, the number of individuals trading and discussing ideas in the market has increased from 100 to 150. Two markets posted have seen more than 100 trades.

Questions? Please contact Grace Pang at grace.pang@nitle.org.

3. Call for Applications: Learning Spaces and Technology Workshop

NITLE participating institutions are invited to respond to a call for applications for a Learning Spaces and Technology Workshop to help colleges and universities plan effective academic facilities. This workshop, the fourth organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and NITLE in collaboration with Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), will be held March 6-8, 2009 at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.

All NITLE participating institutions are eligible to apply. Fifteen institutions will be invited to participate in the workshop. For those institutions accepted for participation, there is no registration fee and teams will receive a stipend of up to $1,000 to offset travel and lodging costs. The program is made possible by the generous financial support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The workshop is designed to serve both those institutions that are planning to construct new facilities and those that are intending to renovate existing buildings–seeking in both instances to enable faculty members and students to use technology more effectively and creatively in the service of learning. A learning space could be, for example, a library, computing center, classroom, or a computing or multi-media lab usually associated with libraries and computing centers. Because the workshop will outline an approach to careful planning, institutions just beginning the process are especially encouraged to apply to participate. Teams at institutions that are further along in the planning process are also welcome.

An institutional team may have three to five members and must include a vice president of the institution who has budget authority. Institutions are asked to assemble a team representing the particular areas of responsibility and expertise that will be engaged in planning and using the learning space. For example, if the focus is the library, the library director should be part of the team. Faculty members with expertise or interest in incorporating technologies into the learning environment should be included, as well as a senior officer of the institution with information technology responsibilities. The other participants may be chosen from roles such as chief academic officer, instructional technologist, facilities director, budget officer, physical plant representative, or development officer. Each institution knows best which institutional team members can be most effective in advancing a plan for a new or renovated learning space.

For more information about the workshop, as well as the application form and agenda, please visit CIC’s website at: http://www.cic.edu/conferences_events/workshop/learningspaces/2009/index.asp. Please note that applications are due by December 12, 2008.

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== Publications of Interest ==

1. The Tower and the Cloud, ed. Richard Katz

Those who attended NITLE’s recent cloud computing event (“Changes in Provisioning and Supporting Enterprise Technology Tools: A Conference for CIOs, IT Directors, and Library Directors, October 28, Rollins College) may be interested in this recent EDUCAUSE publication: Tower and Cloud, edited by Richard Katz (October 2008). Downloadable: http://www.educause.edu/thetowerandthecloud/133998 and also in print.

We especially invite you to check out “Social Networking in Higher Education,” contributed by Bryan Alexander, NITLE Research. The chapter is available in pdf: http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB7202s.pdf.

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== Deadlines ==

1. Events

This list represents professional development events with registration deadlines within approximately four weeks. A full list of events (sortable by registration deadline) is available at http://www.nitle.org/www/events. Online registration is available, or contact participate@nitle.org.

* Crossing Borders: Multimedia Storytelling for Study Abroad. A special instance of “Multimedia Narrative.” Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Dates: November 16 – 18, 2008. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. 8 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/903-crossing-borders.

* Branding Yourself Online: Identity Management and Social Media. An instance of the “Special Topics for Instructional Technologists” series. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date & Time: November 7, 2008, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/847-branding-yourself-online-identity-management-and-social-media.

* Web-Based Videoconferencing. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date: December 2, 2008. Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/907-web-based-video-conferencing.

* Proposals for “Encouraging Student Scholarship: Learning to Write in the Digital Age” (Wheaton College, January 16 – 18, 2009). Submission deadline: Friday, November 7, 2008. Online submission at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=UjyVMuQUQw16fIV_2bygqNBw_3d_3d. Event info: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/823.

* GIS and Correlation/Causation. An instance of the “Special Topics in Spatial Analysis and Mapping” series. Registration deadline: November 7, 2008. Program Date & Time: November 18, 2008, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/837-gis-and-correlationcausation.

* Teaching with Digital Games. An instance of the “Special Topics in Digital Teaching” series. Registration deadline: November 7, 2008. Program Date & Time: November 19, 2008, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/851-special-topics-in-digital-teaching-5.

* Technologies for Teaching Writing. Registration deadline: November 7, 2008. Program Date: December 10, 2008, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. CDT. Knox College, Galesburg, IL. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/875-technologies-for-teaching-writing-3.

* How Instructional Technologists Support Faculty Designing Online Collaborative Work. An instance of the “Special Topics for Instructional Technologists” series. Registration deadline: November 21, 2008. Program Date & Time: December 5, 2008, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/848-special-topics-for-instructional-technologists-5.

* Teaching with Virtual Worlds. An instance of the “Special Topics in Digital Teaching” series. Registration deadline: November 21, 2008. Program Date & Time: December 10, 2008, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/854-special-topics-in-digital-teaching-6.

* Encouraging Student Scholarship: Learning to Write in the Digital Age. Registration deadline: November 21, 2008. Program Dates: January 16 – 18, 2009 (6:00 PM, Friday – 12:00 PM, Sunday, EDT). Wheaton College, Norton, MA. 7 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/823-encouraging-student-scholarship.

* The Elephant in Adolescence: Managing & Supporting GIS. An instance of the “Special Topics in Spatial Analysis and Mapping” series. Registration deadline: December 5, 2008. Program Date & Time: December 16, 2008, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/838-the-elephant-in-adolescence.

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LIS Comes in Third in Bike-to-Work Challenge!

Congratulations to Sue Driscoll, Kristin Geoghegan, Linda Knutson, and Brenda Ellis!

The Bike-to-Work Challenge was held the week of October 27th, and was sponsored by the Sunday Night Group and Middlebury College Bike Repair Shop.

The focus of the event was to encourage students, faculty and staff to ride their bicycles and to raise awareness about bike safety and maintenance as well as the physical and environmental benefits of riding a bicycle.

A $20 gift certificate to the Otter Creek Brewhouse Store was the third place prize!

Statistics from Library Systems

Submitted by Mike Lynch

  • How many times per hour does Midcat get searched, on average?  340
  • What’s the busiest hour of the day for the catalog? 3:00 p.m.
  • How many times did an EBSCO search refer our users to Academic OneFile for the full-text of the article last fiscal year? 378
  • How many times did users go through WebBridge to get to Project Muse last year? 284
  • Where did Mike get all these numbers from anyway? From statistics that Barbara has been compiling from various sources.
  • Can I see them for myself? Sure. Just go to O:\ORGS\LIS\LISstaff\ILS III Millennium User Materials\OPAC statistics

Libraryfind – reminder

Submitted by Mike Lynch

Just a friendly reminder to please help us test our implementation of Libraryfind.  As mentioned in a post on August 30th, we are experimenting with this open source application which allows search across multiple resources.

It’s not ready for public consumption just yet, but we are making it available for testing by LIS staff.   You’ll see five choices: Digital & Print Undergraduate Theses, Images & Multimedia, Middlebury College Abernethy Collections, Library Catalogs and TEST Collection Group.   The first choice searches all of the NITLE Dspace thesis collections, as well as the Special Collections thesis database on Concerto.  The second searches 12 different collections, some in ContentDM and some in Concerto.  The third searches the Abernethy Collections on ContentDM.  Library Catalogs currently searches Midcat only.  We are testing various journal indexes in the TEST Collection Group, although currently none of those work.

Barbara is trying to identify and fix these problems, and Bryan Carson is working on making the interface more Middlebury blue.

Notes for the October 30 Area Directors Meeting

Financial discussion:  TS will post in LISt, comments on financial meeting sent to Collection Management with Admin group
Update on LIS goals: discussed format and categories - Mike will be presenting this to President’s Staff
Review print management plan: A meeting has been scheduled for 11/21 for the stakeholders in this project (see Oct. 23 notes for potential participants); discussed potential Old Chapel folks from whom we should seek buy-in.
Budget cuts: writing down areas where we can cut–> what’s a reasonable deadline? how do we prioritize? – Carol is part of the Budget Oversight Committee and met yesterday with them
Annual Report: brief update - Jeff has just begun work on it

BOOKS FOR SALE

Submitted by Joseph Watson

LIBRARY BOOK SALE:Tuesday, November 11th – Sunday, November 16th , Main Library, open at 9:00 AM on first day, continuing during regular library open hours thereafter.

We offer withdrawn and duplicate copies of books, VHS tapes, and other media for sale at great prices. Choose from a wide variety of items for scholarly work or recreational reading and viewing. All proceeds from the sale will be added to the library’s materials replacement fund. Because the low price asked for materials is in part a service to the college community, anyone purchasing items on the first day of the sale will be required to show a Middlebury College ID. FMI, contact Joseph Watson 443-5487 jwatson@middlebury.edu